By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Southwestern Heights started strong and finished strong with a back-and-forth battle in the middle to earn a 76-43 road win over Sublette Friday.
The Mustangs set the tone early by holding Sublette to only four points in the first eight minutes while scoring 19 points of their own.
Sublette rebounded in the second quarter and played even with the Mustangs in the period, 14-14, but Heights still had a 33-18 advantage at half.
Sublette started the second half better than they started the game, but the Larks could not slow down the Mustang offense, and Heights outscored the Larks 19-16 to stretch their lead to 52-34 at the end of the third quarter.
The Larks could not keep pace with the Mustangs in the fourth.
Heights dominated the final period 24-9 for the 76-43 win.
The Mustangs had to earn their points in the paint. Heights only had five free throw opportunities in the game and made four of them and did not make a three pointer all night, making 72 of their 76 points with jump shots and lay-ups.
Cody Jennings dominated the glass, grabbing eight defensive rebounds and four offensive rebounds to spark a double double night with 12 rebounds and 19 points to lead the Mustangs in both categories.
Alexis Loya scored 17 points.
Jorge Dela Torre added 16 points for the Mustangs.
Nathan Johnsrud only scored six points but provided 12 assists. Johnsrud continued to lead the team with 15.1 points per game.
Two other Mustangs also averaged double digits for the season including Dela Torre (11.9) and Jennings (10.0).
The win moved Southwestern Heights to 6-4 on the season and 3-1 in the Hi-Plains League.
The Mustangs will now prepare for the Hi-Pains League tournament that begins Tuesday.